‘Holidays Around the World’ Changing to ‘Epcot International Festival of the Holidays’

In another step toward Epcot making itself the park home to almost year-long festivals, this year will see Epcot’s “Holidays Around the World” becoming “Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.”

Beginning November 19th, fifteen Holiday Kitchens will be serving seasonal food from marketplace kiosks around World Showcase.

New this year will be a “Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree” scavenger hunt, priced at $6.99 for maps.

Starting on November 24th, the Candlelight Processional begins along with the Peace on Earth holiday edition of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

More Narrators Added to Candlelight Processional List

New to this year’s lineup include Matt Bomer (“White Collar,” “The Last Tycoon,”) and Star Warsfan favorite Warwick Davis, who played Wicket the Ewok in “Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.”

And returning this year are everyone’s favorite hard-driving Dr. Bailey from “Grey’s Anatomy,” Chandra Wilson – and newly-named Disney Legend Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s “The View.”

The Candlelight Processional presents the traditional story of Christmas in truly spectacular fashion – with a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.

Newcomers to the celebrity narrator spotlight this year include Daytime Television Legend Pat Sajak and TV star CCH Pounder, who was recently at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the grand opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar.

Returning favorites include television, film and stage superstar Neil Patrick Harris, country megastar Trace Adkins and Contemporary Christian music artist Jaci Velasquez.

Here are the narrators confirmed so far:*

  • Nov. 24- 26 – To Be Announced
  • Nov. 27-28 – Matt Bomer
  • Nov. 29 – 30 – To Be Announced
  • Dec. 1-3 – Whoopi Goldberg
  • Dec. 4-5 – Pat Sajak
  • Dec. 6-11 – To Be Announced
  • Dec. 12-14 – Warwick Davis
  • Dec. 15-17 – Trace Adkins
  • Dec. 18-21 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • Dec. 22-24 – CCH Pounder
  • Dec. 25-27 – Jaci Velasquez
  • Dec. 28-30 – Chandra Wilson

The processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.) during the holiday season at the America Gardens Theatre. These packages, available on select nights, include a delicious meal and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances. Availability is limited.

As with last year, in addition to lunch and dinner packages, breakfast options are available at some favorite restaurants in and near Epcot again this year like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and The Garden Grill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner options are also available this year at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort,** with breakfast and dinner options being offered at Trattoria Al Fornoat Disney’s BoardWalk.

Candlelight Dining Packages for breakfast start at $35 plus tax per person for adults and $21 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9. Candlelight Dining Packages for lunch and dinner start at $44 plus tax per person for adults and $15.50 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.

Epcot provides an extravaganza of holiday entertainment, merchandise, food, beverages and festivities where guests can celebrate at Epcot throughout the holiday season. Time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase, and live performances enliven the park throughout the day.

Click here to book Candlelight Processional dining packages or to find out more information, call 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Epcot admission is required and not included in the dining package price.

** (NOTE: Captain’s Grille is currently under refurbishment. Candlelight Packages will be available once it reopens.)

2017 Candlelight Processional Dinner Packages Go On Sale, Some Narrators Announced

On the Disney Parks Blog Disney announced today that Dinner Packages for this year’s Candlelight Processional have gone on sale today.  Disney also announced an initial list of narrators

As a part of Holidays Around the World at Epcot, the Candlelight Processional presents the traditional story of Christmas in truly spectacular fashion – with a celebrity narrator, a 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir.

Newcomers to the celebrity narrator spotlight this year include Daytime Television Legend Pat Sajak and TV star CCH Pounder, who was recently at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the Grand Opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar.

Returning favorites include television, film and stage superstar Neil Patrick Harris, country megastar Trace Adkins and Contemporary Christian music artist Jaci Velasquez.

Here are the narrators confirmed so far:*

  • Nov. 24- Dec. 3 – To Be Announced
  • Dec. 4-5 – Pat Sajak
  • Dec. 6-14 – To Be Announced
  • Dec. 15-17 – Trace Adkins
  • Dec. 18-21 – Neil Patrick Harris
  • Dec. 22-24 – CCH Pounder
  • Dec. 25-27 – Jaci Velasquez
  • Dec. 28-30 – To Be Announced

The processional is performed three times per night (5:00, 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.) during the holiday season at the America Gardens Theatre. These packages, available on select nights, include a delicious meal and a guaranteed seat for one of the Candlelight Processional performances. Availability is limited.

As with last year, in addition to lunch and dinner packages, breakfast options are available at some favorite restaurants in and near Epcot again this year like Akershus Royal Banquet Hall and The Garden Grill. Breakfast, lunch and dinner options are also available this year at Captain’s Grille at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, with breakfast and dinner options being offered at Trattoria Al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk.

Candlelight Dining Packages for breakfast start at $35 plus tax per person for adults and $21 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9. Candlelight Dining Packages for lunch and dinner start at $44 plus tax per person for adults and $15.50 plus tax per person for children, ages 3-9.

Holidays Around the World is an extravaganza of holiday entertainment, merchandise, food, beverages and festivities where guests can celebrate at Epcot throughout the holiday season. Time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase, and live performances enliven the park throughout the day.

Click here to book Candlelight Processional dining packages or to find out more information, call 407/ WDW-DINE (407-939-3463).

Holidays Around the World, including the Candlelight Processional, runs November 24 – December 30, 2017 at Epcot. Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog for updates.

*Narrators and entertainment are subject to change without notice. Epcot admission is required and not included in the dining package price.

WDW Publishes Full Entertainment Line-Up & Schedule for 2016 Holidays Around the World

All entertainment for Holidays Around the World is included with regular park admission.  Park hours are extended to 9:30 PM November 25 to December 24 2016, then until 10:30 PM from December 25 to December 30 2016.

Performances take place daily from November 25 to December 30 2016 – check daily in the park for any changes to the schedule.

Reflections of Earth

With Peace on Earth Finale 9:30pm, from November 25 to December 24 2016, then 10:30pm from December 24 to December 30 2016.

American Music Machine

On Future World’s Fountain Stage, a five person a cappella group performs some of the holiday’s most beloved songs. 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 6pm.

Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season

A unique blend of the soulful expressiveness of Gospel and Inspirational Music with the sounds of Jazz, R&B and Urban Music. 1:25pm, 2:25pm, 3:25pm, 4:25pm at the Fountain Stage in Future World.

Candlelight Processional

A joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious mass choir. 5pm, 6:45pm, 8:15pm.

Holiday Storytellers

Performances take place daily from November 25 to December 29 2016.

Canada – The Canadian Holiday Voyageurs

Explore holiday customs from the various regions of Canada on a musical tour of the Great White North. 12:25pm, 1:20pm, 2:15pm, 3:10pm, 4:25pm, 6pm

United Kingdom – Father Christmas

Join Father Christmas, as he rings in the season, with traditions of the United Kingdom and good cheer. 1:05pm, 2pm, 2:55pm, 4:30pm, 5:40pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

France – Père Noël

Discover the magic of Père Noël and the joy of the season through a Christmas letter from a child. 11:20am, 11:55am, 12:30pm, 1:20pm, 2:10pm, 3:40pm, 4:25pm, 5:40pm

Morocco – Morocco Holiday Entertainment

Take a journey through seasons of holidays in Morocco, where celebrations are “the spice of life!” 12:45pm, 2pm, 2:50pm, 3:25pm, 5:15pm, 6:10pm, 7:25pm.

Japan – Daruma

Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year! 12pm, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, 5:15pm, 6:10pm, 6:45pm.

Italy – La Befana

Meet the kind-hearted witch who arrives on the Eve of the Epiphany to grant gifts to good children. 1:40pm, 2:35pm, 3:30pm, 4:25pm, 5:45pm, 6:25pm, 7pm, 7:30pm.

Germany – Helga

Listen as Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree and the tale of her first Nutcracker. 1:40pm, 2:40pm, 3:40pm, 4:40pm, 5:25pm, 6:35pm, 7:35pm, 8:30pm.

China – Chinese Lion Dancers

The colorful Chinese Lion Dance brings good fortune and happiness to all during the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival. 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:40pm.

Norway – Sigrid and Julenissen

Enjoy the season of joy and fun with Sigrid and Julenissen, the mischievous Christmas gnome. 11:15am, 12pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm.

Mexico – Mariachis and Dancers

Celebrate a Feliz Navidad and join in the color and excitement of the music, dances and traditions of a Holiday Fiesta! 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm.

American Adventure – Santa and Mrs. Claus

Whisper your Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear. Even Mrs. Claus will be here! 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm.

American Adventure – Hanukkah

Discover the traditions of Hanukkah, the story of the brave Maccabees and the miracle of the burning oil lamp. 12:15pm, 1pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 4pm, 4:45pm.

American Adventure – Kwanzaa

Experience the spirit of Kwanzaa, a celebration of unity, creativity and pride. 12pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm.

American Adventure – Voices of Liberty

Appearing in Dickens costumes, the Voices of Liberty a cappella group presents a special seasonal repertoire of holiday favorites. 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:15pm.

Epcot’s Holidays Around the World Will Offer Seasonal Food and Drink

Epcot’s Holidays Around the World will begin on November 25th.  We will see the return of seasonal food and drink around World Showcase during the holidays at Epcot.

The seasonal items that guests will see as they visit the countries are:

Germany Pavilion

Prost! in Germany will serve artisan cheese plate or sauerbraten with red cabbage and spätzle. Drinks include alcoholic ciders, Williams Punch (hot), Caramel Kiss featuring Werther’s Caramel and glüwein (house-made hot spiced wine).

American Adventure

American Holiday Table in the American Adventure Pavilion will be serving Slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. And seared pork tenderloin with green bean casserole, roasted sweet potato wedges and a Champagne demi-glace. Drinks include Shipyard Eggnog White Porter Aged on Bourbon, Firenog (eggnog with Fireball Whisky), Great American Wine Company Red Blend and Chardonnay, hot chocolate, eggnog and Cocoa Candy Cane (hot chocolate with peppermint Schnapps).

Slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce

Slow-roasted turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce

Shredded beef tamale

Shredded beef tamale

Alpine House

Alpine Haus between Morocco and France will offer duck confit, dumplings and roasted Brussels sprouts with a fig reduction; cheese fondue in a bread bowl with fresh steamed vegetables, and sachertorte, a chocolate cake with apricot jam and dark chocolate glaze. Drinks include Frozen Winter Spice Hot Chocolate featuring Twinings of London Tea (alcoholic and non-alcoholic version available) Weingut Stadt Krems Gruner Vetliner White Wine and Heinrich Red Blend.

Seasonal Southern Delights

Seasonal Southern Delights near World Showcase Plaza is offering hoppin’ john (black-eyed peas, ham hocks and kale with rice and cornbread crumbles); blackened catfish with white cheddar grits with okra, tomato and onion stew, and chocolate pecan tart. Drinks include Frozen S’Mores and Central 28 beers.

Chocolate pecan tart

Chocolate pecan tart

Sauerbraten with red cabbage and spätzle

Sauerbraten with red cabbage and spätzle

Feast of the Three Kings

Feast of the Three Kings Feast near World Showcase Plaza pays homage to Three Kings Day, widely celebrated in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. Look for a shredded beef tamale with avocado crema; roasted pork with mashed yucca and pickled green bananas, and Three Kings Bread. Drinks will include a Coquito (coconut milk) and Coquito with rum floater.

Three Kings Bread

Three Kings Bread

Around Epcot

Hot and cold drinks will be offered all around World Showcase, as well as holidays sweets such as the Mickey Santa Hat cupcake at Fountain View restaurant, chocolate honey baklava in Morocco, panettone (Italian Christmas cake) in Italy, gingerbread ice cream and buche de Noel au chocolat (Christmas cake shaped like a log) in France, pai cha (Beijing-style fried dough twist with sesame) in China and guava tamales in Mexico.

You can sample the seasonal tastes through December 30 2016.

2015 Holidays Around the World Entertainment Schedule Released

Epcot - Holiday Illuminations:Christmas Tree

Walt Disney World has released the full line-up and schedule of the 2015 Holidays Around the World at Epcot entertainment.

All entertainment is included with regular park admission, park hours are extended to 9:30 PM November 27th to December 18th, then 10:30pm from December 19th to December 30th.

Performances take place daily from November 27th to December 30th.  Please check daily in the park for any changes to the schedule.

Reflections of Earth

With Peace on Earth Finale 9:30 PM, from November 27th to December 18th, then 10:30 PM from December 19th to December 30th.

American Music Machine

On Future World’s Fountain Stage, a five person a cappella group performs some of the holiday’s most beloved songs. 12 PM, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM.

Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season

A unique blend of the soulful expressiveness of Gospel and Inspirational Music with the sounds of Jazz, R&B and Urban Music. 1:25 PM, 2:25 PM, 3:25 PM, 4:25 PM at the Fountain Stage in Future World.

Candlelight Processional

A joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious mass choir. 5 PM, 6:45 PM, 8:15 PM

Holiday Storytellers

Performances take place daily from November 27th to December 29th.

Canada – The Canadian Holiday Voyageurs

Explore holiday customs from the various regions of Canada on a musical tour of the Great White North. 12:25 PM, 1:20 PM, 2:15 PM, 3:10 PM, 4:25 PM, 6 PM.

United Kingdom – Father Christmas

Join Father Christmas, as he rings in the season, with traditions of the United Kingdom and good cheer. 1:05 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:55 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:40 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM.

France – Père Noël

Discover the magic of Père Noël and the joy of the season through a Christmas letter from a child. 11:20 AM, 11:55 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:20 PM, 2:10 PM, 3:40 PM, 4:25 PM, 5:40 PM.

Morocco – Morocco Holiday Entertainment

Take a journey through seasons of holidays in Morocco, where celebrations are “the spice of life!” 12:45 PM, 2:05 PM, 2:50 PM, 4:25 PM, 5:35 PM, 6:10 PM, 7:25 PM.

Japan – Daruma

Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year! 12:55 PM, 1:45 PM, 2:25 PM, 4:00 PM, 4:45 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:45 PM.

Italy – La Befana

Meet the kind-hearted witch who arrives on the Eve of the Epiphany to grant gifts to good children. 1:40 PM, 2:35 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:25 PM, 6:00 PM, 6:40 PM, 7:15 PM, 8 PM.

Germany – Helga

Listen as Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree and the tale of her first Nutcracker. 1 PM, 2 PM, 2:55 PM, 3:55 PM, 5:30 PM, 6:05 PM, 6:40 PM, 7:15 PM.

China – Chinese Lion Dancers

The colorful Chinese Lion Dance brings good fortune and happiness to all during the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival. 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM. 4 PM, 5 PM.

Norway – Sigrid and Julenissen

Enjoy the season of joy and fun with Sigrid and Julenissen, the mischievous Christmas gnome. 2:15 PM, 3 PM, 3:40 PM, 4:30 PM, 5:45 PM, 6:30 PM, 7:05 PM, 7:45 PM.

Mexico – Mariachis and Dancers

Celebrate a Feliz Navidad and join in the color and excitement of the music, dances and traditions of a Holiday Fiesta! 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, 4 PM, 5 PM.

American Adventure – Santa and Mrs. Claus

Whisper your Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear. Even Mrs. Claus will be here! 1:30 PM, 3:30 PM, 5:30 PM, 7:30 PM.

American Adventure – Hanukkah

Discover the traditions of Hanukkah, the story of the brave Maccabees and the miracle of the burning oil lamp. 11:30 AM, 12:15 PM, 1 PM, 1:45 PM, 2:30 PM, 3:15 PM, 4 PM, 4:45 PM.

American Adventure – Kwanzaa

Experience the spirit of Kwanzaa, a celebration of unity, creativity and pride. 11:15 AM, 12 PM, 12:45 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:15 PM, 3 PM, 3:45 PM, 4:30 PM.

American Adventure – Voices of Liberty

Appearing in Dickens costumes, the Voices of Liberty a cappella group presents a special seasonal repertoire of holiday favorites. 11:45 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:15 PM, 2 PM, 2:45 PM, 3:30 PM, 4:15 PM.

Walt Disney World Finalizes Candlelight Processional Line-Up

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Walt Disney World has announced the final line-up for this year’s Candlelight Processional, which is part of Holidays Around The World at Epcot.

Appearing for the first time will be Meredith Vieira, Chandra Wilson from the ABC TV show “Grey’s Anatomy,” Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost,” “Hawaii Five-O”) and “Ugly Betty”’s America Ferrera.

  • Gary Sinise – November 27 to 29, 2015
  • Neil Patrick Harris – November 30 to December 3, 2015
  • Whoopi Goldberg – December 4 and 5, 2015
  • Joe Morton – December 6 to 8, 2015
  • Ana Gasteyer – December 9 to 11, 2015
  • Meredith Vieira – December 12 to 14, 2015
  • America Ferrera – December 15 to 17, 2015
  • Chandra Wilson – December 18 to 20, 2015
  • Daniel Dae Kim – December 21 to 23, 2015
  • Edward James Olmos – December 24 to 26, 2015
  • Blair Underwood – December 27 to 28, 2015
  • Amy Grant – December 29 to 30, 2015

Disney Releases Full line-up and Schedule for 2014 Holidays Around the World at Epcot

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Walt Disney World has released the full line-up and schedule of the 2014 Holidays Around the World at Epcot entertainmentAll entertainment is included with regular park admission, park hours are extended to 9:30pm during Holidays Around the World.

Reflections of Earth

With Peace on Earth Finale 9:30pm, from November 28 to December 30 2014.

Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season

A unique blend of the soulful expressiveness of Gospel and Inspirational Music with the sounds of Jazz, R&B and Urban Music. 1:15pm, 2:25pm, 3:25pm, 4:25pm.

Candlelight Processional

A joyous retelling of the Christmas story by a celebrity narrator accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra and a glorious mass choir. 5pm, 6:45pm, 8:15pm. More details.

Holiday Storytellers

Performances take place daily from November 28 to December 29 2014.

Canada – The Canadian Holiday Voyageurs

Explore holiday customs from the various regions of Canada on a musical tour of the Great White North. 11:20am, 12:10pm, 1:05pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4:30pm.

United Kingdom – Father Christmas

Join Father Christmas, as he rings in the season, with traditions of the United Kingdom and good cheer. 12:30pm, 1:25pm, 2:20pm, 3:20pm, 5:40pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm.

France – Père Noël

Discover the magic of Père Noël and the joy of the season through a Christmas letter from a child. 11:20am, 11:55am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2:05pm, 3:30pm, 4:20pm 5:05pm.

Morocco – Morocco Holiday Entertainment

Take a journey through seasons of holidays in Morocco, where celebrations are “the spice of life!” 12:30pm, 2pm, 2:45pm, 4:20pm, 5:30pm, 6:05pm, 7:20pm.

Japan – Daruma

Hear the fascinating story of the Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year! 12:10pm, 12:50pm, 1:35pm, 2:20pm, 2:55pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:55pm.

Italy – La Befana

Meet the kind-hearted witch who arrives on the Eve of the Epiphany to grant gifts to good children. 12:35pm, 1:30pm, 3:20pm, 4:15pm, 5:50pm, 6:40pm, 7:40pm.

Germany – Helga

Listen as Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree and the tale of her first Nutcracker. 1pm, 2pm, 2:55pm, 3:55pm, 5:30pm, 6:05pm, 6:40pm, 7:15pm.

China – Chinese Lion Dancers

The colorful Chinese Lion Dance brings good fortune and happiness to all during the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival. 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm.

Norway – Sigrid and Julenissen

Enjoy the season of joy and fun with Sigrid and Julenissen, the mischievous Christmas gnome. 2:!5pm, 3pm, 3:40pm, 4:30pm, 5:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:05pm, 7:45pm.

Mexico – Mariachis and Dancers

Celebrate a Feliz Navidad and join in the color and excitement of the music, dances and traditions of a Holiday Fiesta! 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 4pm, 5pm.

American Adventure – Santa and Mrs. Claus

Whisper your Christmas wishes in Santa’s ear. Even Mrs. Claus will be here! 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 5:30pm, 7:30pm.

American Adventure – Hanukkah

Discover the traditions of Hanukkah, the story of the brave Maccabees and the miracle of the burning oil lamp. 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm, 4pm, 4:45pm.

American Adventure – Kwanzaa

Experience the spirit of Kwanzaa, a celebration of unity, creativity and pride. 11:!5am, 12pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm.

American Adventure – Voices of Liberty

Appearing in Dickens costumes, the Voices of Liberty a cappella group presents a special seasonal repertoire of holiday favorites. 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2pm, 2:45pm, 3:30pm, 4:15pm.

New Experiences Coming to Epcot’s Holidays Around the World

Epcot - Holiday Illuminations:Christmas Tree

One of the favorite traditions of guests each year is to visit Epcot during Holidays Around the World, where time-honored traditions come alive through the sights and sounds of the countries of World Showcase. We enjoy learning about the customs of Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and listening to the tales of characters like the kind-hearted witch La Befana.

For the 2014 holiday season, new Holidays Around the World experiences in Mexico, Morocco, and China join returning favorites such as “Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season,” the Canadian Holiday Voyageurs, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

In Mexico, guests will enjoy the songs and traditions of “Fiesta de Navidad,” featuring colorful dancers and mariachis, who celebrate the holiday customs of Mexico in an interactive, musical performance. A Moroccan storyteller invites guests to join her on a journey to experience the gaiety of festivals, holiday traditions, and celebrations that are like the “spice of life” across Morocco. And the China pavilion bursts to life with the vibrant Chinese Lion Dance, bringing good fortune and happiness to all in honor of major holidays such as the Lunar New Year and Lantern Festival.

Holidays Around the World at Epcot starts November 28 and continues through December 29, 2014.

Disney Announces New Epcot Holiday Food Fest

Tastes Around the Globe

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Holidays Around the World at Epcot where the World Showcase countries reflect the seasonal traditions – including tastes of homelands far, far away.

Starting your stroll at Promenade Refreshments, try the Turkey Waffle – a filling sweet potato waffle with roast turkey and green bean casserole (all-in-one holiday dinner). Then head to Canada for pecan-maple bark, a nod to our Northern neighbor’s bounteous maple sugar production. Next door in the United Kingdom, it’s hot applejack cider with whiskey and a blend of seasonal spices – sip while you listen to stories of Father Christmas.

France sweetly celebrates with the classic bûche de noël au chocolate (chocolate cake shaped like a log) at Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie, and glace au apin d’epices (gingerbread ice cream) at L’Artisan des Glaces. More sweets at Morocco’s Juice Bar, where honey walnut baklava is on the holiday menu and a Moroccan drummer reflects on family traditions commemorating the holiday of Ramadan.

Japan adds teriyaki chicken karaage, a Japanese version of crispy fried chicken bites with teriyaki sauce, at Kabuki Cafe, and you can hear the story of the hollow-round Daruma doll and the Japanese customs of the New Year.

Up next, American Adventure, with freshly baked gingerbread men, chocolate chunk cookies and sugar cookies, hot chocolate, hot apple cider and peppermint bark at the Sugar and Spice Holiday Bakery (perfect snacks for the Candlelight Processional). Look for Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations throughout the holidays, plus our favorite Voices of Liberty Dickens Carolers.

At Italy you can meet La Befana, the kind-hearted witch who arrives on the eve of the Epiphany to grant gifts to good children – like panettone, the sweet bread loaf served at the Gelato kiosk, along with sweet moscato wine and ciocolata calda (hot chocolate).

In Germany, listen as Helga tells the story of the first Christmas tree as you nibble on stollen fruit cake and sip glühwein (hot spiced wine). China is serving kaikouxiao (happy face fried cake) at the Joy of Tea kiosk, where nearby you can watch the agile Monkey King celebrating Chinese New Year.

Learn about the Christmas gnome in Norway and indulge in the traditional rice cream at Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe (so popular they leave it on the menu year-round). Finally, in Mexico try the sweet tamales at La Catina de San Angelas you celebrate with Los Tres Reyes Mago, the three kings, as they tell of their journey and traditions.

Then take another lap around the World Showcase Lagoon to burn all those calories – ‘tis the season!

Tastes From Around the Globe runs November 28th thru December 30th.